OKra Records – Various Artists

Founded by Dan Dow in the late 1980’s, Columbus, Ohio’s OKra Records was home to alternative country/roots rock artists like The Schramms, Hank McCoy & the Dead Ringers, Fellow Travellers, and the Hoot Owls. Several years after it’s founding, like many other small indie labels, it declared bankruptcy and closed up shop.

1991’s Sample Some OKra is a good representative sample of Okra’s roster of artists; although nineteen years after it’s release, perhaps only The Schramms and The Ass Ponys have achieved some measure of name recognition.



The Schramms


 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Dynamite (CD, LP) (OKra Records, Normal) 1992
Walk To Delphi (Cass, LP, CD) (Okra Records) 1992
Little Apocalypse (CD) (OKra Records) 1994
Heart Not Within (7") (Matador) 1994
Dizzy Spell (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 1996
100 Questions (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 2000
2000 Weiss Beers From Home (Blue Rose Records) 2003

Tracks Appear On:

"Walk To Delphi" It’s So Hard To Be Cool In An Uncool World (LP) (I Wanna Records) 1988
"Out of the Earth","Pet Sounds (Live)" Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"Let Them Lie Down" 10 Jahre Normal (2xCD) (Normal) 1992
"Let Them Lie Down" 10 Jahre Normal (CD) (Normal) 1992
"Where You Were" Radio 4U Replugged (CD) (Line) 1993
"In The Mirror" Neurotically Yours – A Tribute To The Saints (CD) (Smiling Weasel)1993 
"Despite" Absolutely Live 1995 (CD) (Almaviva AR) 1995
"A Woman’s Name" Tanz & Folkfest Rudolstadt ’95 (CD) (Heideck) 1996
"Despite"  East Side Story Vol. 1 (CD) (East Side Digital) 1996
"Tell Me Again And Again" New Voices Vol. 8 (CD) ( Rolling Stone (Germany) 1996
"Can You Please Crawl Your Window?" Fireworks, Volume 2 (CD) (Sound Asleep)1998

"Torn In Two"  New Voices Vol. 34 (CD) (Rolling Stone (Germany) 2000
“Deny You”, “Fade, Fade” Blue Rose Collection Vol. 7 (CD) (Blue Rose) 2001
"Torn In Two" HO*T-FM Blue Rose Broadcasts Vol.2 (2xCD) (Blue Rose) 2001 
"Torn In Two" Blue Rose Nuggets Vol. 2 (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 2003
"Wild Innocence" Blue Rose Nuggets Vol. 34 (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 2008
"Seven Horses", "Sorrow On Sorrow" Blue Rose Collection Vol. 3 (CD) (Blue Rose Records)  

Related Recordings:

Hello CD of the Month (CD) 1995
The OKra All-Stars (CD, MP3) (OKra/Normal) 1994

Dave Schramm Solo Albums: 

Folk und die Folgen (CD) (Return to Sender, Normal) 1994
Hammer and Nails (CD) (Blue Rose) 1999

The Fellow Travelers 


No Easy Way (CD, LP)   OKra Records 1990
Just A Visitor (CD) (OKra Records, Rough Trade Germany) 1992
Just A Visitor (LP) (OKra Records, Normal) 1992
Love Shines Brighter (CD) (Return To Sender) 1993
Things And Time (CD, LP) (OKra Records) 1993
A Few Good Dubs (CD) (OKra Records) 1994

Tracks Appear On:

"Promise Of A Kiss" Rough Trade US Sampler 1990 (2xCass) (Rough Trade US) 1990
"Dark Hollow"
Howl 11 (7") (Howl) 1991
"GTO", "As The Rain"
Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"It’s Over"
A Tribute To Daniel Johnston Vol. 2 (7") (Little Teddy Recordings) 1993
"Salt Of A Fallen Tear"
Return To Sender (CD) (Normal) 1996
"Poor & Clean" Rare Trax Vol. 40 – Americana Vol. 2 – The Later Years 1980-2005 (CD) (Rolling Stone Germany) 2005

The Ass Ponys


 Mr. Superlove (CD, LP) (OKra Records, Normal)1990
Grim (CD) (Safe House) 1993
Mr. Superlove / You My Flower (7") ( Mono Cat 7 Records) 1993
Earth To Grandma (CD) (A&M Records) 1994
Electric Rock Music (
Cass, CD) (A&M Records) 1994
Electric Rock Music (CD) (A&M Records, BMG Direct Marketing) 1994
Pop Culture Press #33 (7" Flexi) (Pop Culture Press, Eva-Tone Soundsheets) 1995
The Known Universe (Cass, CD) (A&M Records) 1996
Some Stupid With A Flare Gun (CD) (Checkered Past Records) 2000
Lohio (
CD, MP3) (Checkered Past Records) 2001
The OKra Years (CD) (Shake It Records) 2005

Appears On:

"Mr. Superlove" Debonair (CD EP) (Elektra) 1993 
"Mr. Superlove"
What Jail Is Like (CD EP) (Elektra) 1994
"Mr. Superlove" What Jail Is Like (CD  Maxi) (Elektra) 1994

Tracks Appear On:

"Live ‘Til I Die Out" Of Their Mouths And Into Your Head (4×7") (Atavistic) 1991
"Laughing At The Ghost", "Peanut" Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"Earth To Grandma" (Out Of)
Cowtown Vol. 3 (7") (Anyway Records) 1993
"It’s Summer Here" Aint This Bliss, With You & This (2×7") (Spin The Bottle) 1994
"Little Bastard"
CMJ New Music December – Volume 16 (CD) (College Music Journal) 1994
"Little Bastard" The Interrupting Cow (CD) (A&M Records) 1994
"Earth To Grandma"
Wanna Buy A Monkey? (CD) (A&M Records) 1995
"And She Drowned" Look What The Cat Dragged In (CD) (A&M Records) 1996
"Little Bastard" All I Want For Christmas. (CD) (Hits Post Modern Syndrome)
"Little Bastard"
Turn It Up & Pass It On, Vol. I (CD)

The Wolverton Brothers


Sucking Hind Tit (Cass, CD, LP) (Okra Records) 1992 
Liar Man (CD) (Atavistic Records) 1992
Glad (
CD-EP, MP3) (Atavistic Records) 1995
The Wolverton Brothers (CD) (Deary Me Records) 1999
A Better Place (
CD, MP3) Hospital Records) 2004
Old Ugly and Loud (
CD, MP3) (Ionik) 2008

Tracks Appear On:

"Our Town"  Out Of Their Mouths And Into Your Head (4×7") (Atavistic) 1991
"Posse Comitatus", "Vampyre"  Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"Hay Days" New Music Sampler Volume 35 (CD)  Magnet Magazine
Twisted Roots: Live From the Comet (CD) (B-side Records)

Cordelia’s Dad


 Cordelia’s Dad (LP) (OKra Records) 1990 
Cordelia’s Dad (
CD, MP3) (Omnium) 1990
4 Songs (7") (OKra Records) 1992
How Can I Sleep? (
CD, MP3) (Omnium, OKra Records) 1992 
 Joy Fun Garden (CD, Digital) (Return To Sender) 1993
Joy Fun Garden (Cass) (Steeple) 1994
Three Snake Leaves (7")  (Scenescof Records) 1995 
Comet [Live] (CD) (Omnium) 1995
Road Kill [Live] (
CD, MP3) (Scenescof Records) 1996
Spine (
CD, MP3) (Appleseed Recordings) 1998 
What It Is (
CD, MP3) (Kimchee Records) 2002

Appears On:

"Her Bright Smile" ,"San Francisco" Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"George Collins" fRoots 5 (CD) (fRoots Magazine) 1995
"Rambling Beauty"
Return To Sender (CD) (Normal) 1996
"Brother Judson" Pipeline! Live Boston Rock on WMBR (
2xCD, MP3) 1996  

“How Can I Keep From Singing " Where Have All The Flowers Gone – The Songs Of Pete Seeger(2xCD, MP3) (Appleseed Recordings) 1998


Sample Some OKra (1991)

Playing Time: 54 Minutes 5 Seconds


1. The Schramms – Out Of The Earth (3:11)
2. The Schramms – Pet Sounds (2:59) 
3. The Fellow Travellers – GTO (4:50)
4. The Fellow Travellers – As The Rain (5:11) 
5. Hank McCoy & The Dead Ringers – Jealousy (2:20)
6. Hank McCoy & The Dead Ringers – Lately My Luck (3:27) 
7. The Ass Ponys – Laughing At The Ghost (5:37) 
8. The Ass Ponys – Peanut (4:24)
9. The Hootowls – Who Throw Dat Rock (2:49)
10. The Hootowls – I Take A Chance (2:31)
11. The Wolverton Brothers – Posse Comitatus (4:51)
12. The Wolverton Brothers – Vampyre (3:51)
13. Cordelia’s Dad – Her Bright Smile (3:09)
14. Cordelia’s Dad – San Francisco (4:55)



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One response to “OKra Records – Various Artists

  1. OKra band Cordelia’s Dad’s reputation persists in the folk world. Tim Eriksen is still touring and recording solo, and Cath Oss moved to Britain and became half of Cath & Phil Tyler. There is a Cordelia’s Dad reunion gig at some British festival this year.

    Yer makin’ me feel old, maaaan…. I bought probably 2/3rd of OKra label’s releases.

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